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Review: As the Sparrow, “In A Box”

No Comments 3 August 2014

Review: As the Sparrow, “In A Box”

“There is a buoyancy and free-flowing energy to what As the Sparrow create as a collective that’s instantly appealing, slightly edgy and undoubtedly unique.”

Artist: As the Sparrow

EP: In a Box

Genre: Folk / Rock / Swing

RIYL: The Decemberists, 16 Horsepower,  Jack White, The Lone Bellow

As the Sparrow In A Box

As the Sparrow is a folk influenced rock swing band based out of Boston that definitely has a style of their own, even if it defies immediate description. The multi-vocalist approach is a popular one these days, but it falls flat if those vocalists don’t have the pipes to create something unique surrounding them. The distinct tone and creative vocal partnership of Mark Damon and Crystal Araiza, however, is what really ratchets this band’s power up a notch.

Opening track “Creeper” doesn’t exactly creep up on you; this track crackles and pops with an infectious energy right from the start. It’s a successful and accessible introduction to a band that utilizes everything from guitars to ukuleles to violins to trumpets and beyond. The exuberant “Emily” is a personal favorite, favoring a stylized version of Jack White or The Decemberists. There’s just a foot stomping, head bobbing ease to this track that’s capped off with Damon’s deliciously ferocious vocal performance counterbalanced by Araiza’s easy vibrato.

“White Flag” changes tone and timbre with an ease and unexpectedness that most resembles an homage to The Beatles or some fantastically flush musical theater number. It’s dramatic, and bears a wingspan that covers a lot of musical territory. And it does so seamlessly, which is a difficult feat to pull of. “Moneylender,” then, exploits its swing roots and puts the swagger back into a style that taps into the rockabilly raver in us all. The final (and title) track starts simply, but quickly picks up steam with a sound that’s now become the calling card of the group as a whole.

There is a buoyancy and free-flowing energy to what As the Sparrow create as a collective that’s instantly appealing, slightly edgy and undoubtedly unique. In recent years, the folk rock genre has exploded with renewed appeal and inspiration, and bands like this are the reason. They’re creating their own brand of folk rock swing style music that slides in, out and around conventional songwriting styles and make it sound so easy. But what I dig the most about what’s happening on In a Box, is the raw crackling passion that explodes out of the speakers through each track. This is a pure pleasure from start to finish, and would make for an exciting and combustible live show.


As the Sparrow website: http://www.asthesparrow.com/

 

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